The family Anhingidae consists of water birds called darters or "snake-birds", so called because of their long thin neck, which gives a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged. They have sharply pointed bills, used to spear fish under water. Darters have webbed feet, and their legs are short and set far back on the body. Their plumage is somewhat permeable, and they are often seen with their wings spread out to dry after diving. Australia has only one species from this family.
1 species photographed. See the Australian birds list.